UPDATED: Proposal for General Assembly Consensus Model has Passed

March 2, 2012 in Draft Proposals

The following proposal was passed by the Occupy Denver General Assembly on March 13, 2012:


Why:

  • Decisions that are passed by 2/3 means a whole 1/3 of the group disagrees with the decision.
  • Decisions made with such disagreement face challenges in effectively achieving their goal because support is not strongly shared.
  • Passing decisions by as small as 2/3 does not actively consider the reasons for disagreeing opinions.
  • Using a 2/3 vote puts more focus on passing proposals than on collaborating on plans which most/all consent to.

What:
We, the GA Procedures Committee, propose that Occupy Denver move from passing votes by 2/3 majority to a super majority of 9/10. In this way, proposals would only pass when 9/10 people voting support it.

  • This will ensure that decisions made are supported by most people involved. In this way, decisions are more likely to be effectively carried out. The process of coming to consensus on decisions will facilitate fuller collaboration in designing the decision.
  • They are also less likely to be highly divisive.
  • It will also enable the group to more seriously consider the opinions of dissenting voices and come to agreements that reconcile with these perspectives.

The process of decision making will change in a few ways by moving to a 9/10 consensus.

  • Votes will be called in this order: Abstentions, Blocks, No, Yes.
  • Blocks will be added to the options of votes. A block means the person believes this proposal to be fundamentally opposed to the values or principles of Occupy Denver, and that if the proposal goes forward, they are willing to leave the group.
    • If there is a Block, we will follow the following procedure:
      • The person(s) blocking will be asked to explain why they are blocking.
      • After the explanation time, additional time will be given for the group to discuss the concerns of the blocker and attempts will be made to reconcile the issue being raised with the proposer and the GA.
      • After this discussion, a vote will be called for again. If the blocker’s concern convinced enough others to block or vote against the proposal, such that the vote does not reach a 9/10 consensus, then it (aka the proposal, to avoid ambiguity) will not pass.
      • If the discussion did not lead enough others to block or vote “no”, then the proposal will pass.
      • In the event that the vote for the proposal does not reach 9/10 vote, then it would be encouraged that blocker and proposer meet and see if they can reach agreement, in which case they could bring proposal back to GA for a vote.

How:
If Occupy Denver decides to move to the 9/10 consensus, then the GA Procedures committee will facilitate this significant shift by publishing a pamphlet explaining this process and its values, hosting educational discussions on consensus process, and working with the film and video committee to make an informative short video about OD GA and the consensus process.

New Occupy Denver General Assembly Schedule Beginning on 1/16

January 12, 2012 in Draft Proposals, Event, GA resolutions

THIS PAGE CONTAINS OUTDATED INFORMATION, PLEASE SEE OUR CURRENT GENERAL ASSEMBLY INFORMATION.

At the General Assembly on 1/11 the proposal to change GA locations and times passed unanimously. It is important to note that for the remainder of winter there are only 2 voting GA’s, and “get involved night” has been discontinued. For Thursdays GA Procedures is currently working on a spokes council model for Occupy Denver, based on the model that has been adopted by other occupies. For the time being Thursday will be an inter-committee meeting. Committees are still encouraged to hold meetings in Civic Center Park & stand with the 24-7 occupation while we continue our protest there throughout the winter.

Until Spring weather arrives the new GA schedule will be as follows:

Tuesday General Assembly, 7PM @ “Deerpile space” upstairs from City O City 206 East 13th Avenue, Denver, CO

Thursday Inter-committee meetings(spokes Council meeting pending approval) 7PM @ “Deerpile space” upstairs from City O City 206 East 13th Avenue, Denver, CO

Saturday General Assembly, 3PM @ Civic Center Park

We would also like to extend a huge thank you to Dan Landis, the owner of City O City for donating this space to us for the winter.

The amended proposal that passed GA is as follows:

Title: Proposal to Change GA Schedule and Location

What: We, the GA Procedured Committee propose that the General Assembly schedule and location change beginning January 16th. New location will be the “Deerpile” space upstairs from City O City at 206 East 13th Avenue.

Why: This proposal will all us work more efficiently through the winter and grow our numbers in a convenient location. To make our general assemblies a more inclusive environment for people who cannot stand in freezing weather for 2 hours.

How: We will change the current existing schedule of voting GA’s to be on Tuesday@ 7PM upstairs from City O City and Saturday in Civic Center Park @ 3PM. Thursday will be reserved for Inter-Committee meetings, or spokescouncil meetings(pending approval). Meetings will continue in this space, until spring weather is upon us. Voting GA’s will no longer occur in Civic Center park Sunday through Friday. Committees & working groups are encouraged to hold meetings or other events in Civic Center Park in place of GA throughout the week.

This space will be reserved for teach ins before GA’s from 5:30-6:45 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If there are no teach-ins scheduled committee meetings can happen on a progressive first come first serve basis.

*The new location is 2 blocks away from Civic Center Park. This is currently the only indoor space that was available to us and these were the only times available to hold such a regular event. We are currently seeking additional spaces nearby to use for committee meetings and teach-ins.

Proposal to Amend GA Times & Location For The Winter.

January 9, 2012 in Draft Proposals, Uncategorized

This Wednesday we will be voting on a proposal to amend the times and locations of our General Assembly meetings. As this is such a critical change to how we will manage our organization, we urge everyone to have their voice heard on this subject.

We have been offered a space upstairs from City O City (2 Blocks from Civic Center Park) as a place to hold GA’s and Teach-Ins during the winter. This proposal grants Occupy Denver members a warm place to organize and hold General Assemblies throughout the upcoming winter months. The addition of Saturday voting GA’s on this new schedule is designed to empower folks who only come out on weekends with the opportunity to have a meaningful voice in this movement. When Spring comes we will resume holding all of our General Assemblies in Civic Center Park. The proposal is as follows:

What: General Assembly schedule and location change beginning January 16th. The new location will be the “Deerpile” space upstairs from City O City at 206 East 13th Avenue.

Why: To work more efficiently through the winter and grow our numbers in a convenient location. To make our General Assemblies a more inclusive environment for the elderly and people who cannot stand in freezing weather for 2 hours at night.

How: To change the schedule of voting GA’s to be on Thursday @ 7PM upstairs from City O City and Saturday in Civic Center Park @ 3PM. Tuesday will be reserved for Inter-Committee meetings, or spokescouncil meetings (pending approval). Meetings will continue in this space, until spring weather is upon us.

When possible, teach-ins will be held in this space before GA’s from 5:30-6:45 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, & Friday would be utilized for Committee meetings in Civic Center Park.

The new location is 2 blocks away from Civic Center Park. This was the only location that was willing to donate this space to us and these were the only times available to hold such a regular event.

Proposal On Meeting With New Police Chief

December 18, 2011 in Draft Proposals

Sunday night at the 7PM General Assembly we will be discussing Chief White’s proposal to meet with 10 members of Occupy Denver. We want to ensure that all participants have their voices heard on this issue. We will be voting on if this meeting will occur and who will be at this meeting.

Move To Amend Vote This Wednesday 11/30

November 29, 2011 in Draft Proposals, Uncategorized

On Monday, November 28, a representative from Move To Amend participated in the General Assembly and proposed Occupy Denver endorse Move To Amend’s Amendment intended to curb the pernicious effects of corporate personhood.

Here is the language of their amendment:

Section 1 [Corporations are not people and can be regulated]

The rights protected by the Constitution of the United States are the rights of natural persons only.

Artificial entities, such as corporations, limited liability companies, and other entities, established by the laws of any State, the United States, or any foreign state shall have no rights under this Constitution and are subject to regulation by the People, through Federal, State, or local law.

The privileges of artificial entities shall be determined by the People, through Federal, State, or local law, and shall not be construed to be inherent or inalienable.

Section 2 [Money is not speech and can be regulated]

Federal, State and local government shall regulate, limit, or prohibit contributions and expenditures, including a candidate’s own contributions and expenditures, for the purpose of influencing in any way the election of any candidate for public office or any ballot measure.

Federal, State and local government shall require that any permissible contributions and expenditures be publicly disclosed.

The judiciary shall not construe the spending of money to influence elections to be speech under the First Amendment.

Section 3

Nothing contained in this amendment shall be construed to abridge the freedom of the press.

The vote was tabled until Wednesday 7:00pm. Please read the language, go to their site, investigate the issue and come participate in the vote on Wednesday.

Occupy Denver was endorsed by Move To Amend Colorado.

Proposal of Changes to General Assembly Schedule (Passed 11/27/11)

November 28, 2011 in Draft Proposals

Why we are proposing this:
GA Procedures is making the following proposal in order to facilitate greater outside
group, community, and committee involvement in Occupy Denver, and to give Occupy Denver
space to grow as a movement.

What we are proposing:
We are proposing that we change the schedule structure of our daily General Assembly
meetings. We proposed that we reduce official voting to just 2pm GAs on Monday, Wednesday,
and Friday. We propose that we then use the remaining days in the following ways:

Tuesday and Thursday – “Get Involved Nights”

We will have an initial gathering with where there will be announcements and, when needed,
voting on emergency proposals. It will also be a time where participants can get feedback
on proposals they are planning on bringing to the GA in the future (these feedback sessions
should last no more than 20 minutes and will not include actual voting). After this introductory time, the GA will then break out into smaller sessions. The criteria for these sessions will be simply that they must be (1) related to advancing the Occupy movement, (2) increasing broader involvement in the movement, or (3) for planning, organizing, or coordinating future Occupy Denver activities.

Possible suggestions for activities that could take place in this time:
Teach-ins
Fish bowl caucuses
Event planning/organizing sessions
Committee meetings
Open forums
Flash mob practices
Pot lucks, etc.

We are open to other suggestions for how to use this time

If there are no activities planned by the beginning of Get Involved Nights, then the fallback will be to do announcements, then have an open forum discussion on Occupy Denver in general,
followed by an hour of committee break outs starting at 8pm.

Groups will be invited to share updates from what happened in their working time at the
following GAs and/or to send their notes to minutes@occupydenver.org. Committees will
be required to include the updates from these meetings in weekly committee digests. Non-
committee groups will not be required to announce the proceedings of their meetings, but will be welcome to do so in the announcements section of following GAs.

Sundays – Open Forum/Recap General Assemblies
We will have an initial gathering with where there will be announcements and, when needed,
voting on emergency proposals, followed by an open forum, with room for voting on schedules
for Get Involved Nights.

How we propose to implement this:

- Anyone can submit a proposals for Get Involved Night activities either by contacting a GA
Procedures member in person or by emailing us at GAprocedures@occupydenver.org. We will
work with the proposers to schedule what day their activity should take place

- We will bring a proposed schedule for Get Involved Nights on Sundays to be discussed and
voted on by the GA

- These schedule decisions will be posted to the website after Sunday’s GA

- If nothing is decided upon on Sunday, then we will use the default plan for Get Involved Nights

- GA Procedures will be keeping a calendar of topics and activities for Get Involved Nights thatis eventually going to be on the website

Accountability and Conflict Resolution Draft Proposal (vote Nov. 2nd, 7pm)

November 1, 2011 in Draft Proposals, GA resolutions, Uncategorized

The below proposal will be voted upon at Wednesday, Nov. 2nd, 7pm GA: Please read and come vote!

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Draft proposal for General Assembly procedures

October 11, 2011 in Draft Proposals, GA resolutions, Uncategorized

At the 7pm GA last night, Oct. 10, a proposal was brought forth from the GA Procedures Committee. They proposed new guidelines and procedures for how the General Assemblies are run and how they function (This proposal will determine how we make more awesome decisions at GA, and how we can do it with more speed and style!)

Please read and come vote! Thursday, Oct 13th General Assembly at 7pm. – Click on this link to download the proposal Draft Proposal – General Assembly Procedures